Sudden death due to Dysembryoplastic Neuroepithelial Tumor

Y. P. Raghavendra Babu, Palimar Vikram, M. Arun, G. Pradeep Kumar, Rao Lakshmi

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Sudden death in adults from presumably natural causes occurs more frequently than is commonly thought. Numerically they constitute a significant fraction of the total mortality of which central nervous system causes account for 15 percent of the cases. The neoplasms of neuroepithelial origin account for 3 percent of these cases. We are presenting a case of 40 year old woman, who suddenly developed vomiting, abdominal pain and rapidly deteriorating vitals over a period of 20 h and breathing last on the way to the hospital. A cystic swelling of the right frontal lobe was present at autopsy, histopathological examination of the swelling revealed to be Dysembryoplastic Neuroepithelial Tumour (DNT). DNT is a rare neurological tumor characterized by presence of neurons, astrocytes and oligodendrocytes presenting with complex partial seizures. It frequently affects the frontal and temporal lobes of adolescents and young adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-433
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 01-11-2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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